Meet the three judges for the Quilt Competition – nationally accredited and knowledgeable in all aspects of Quilt-making.
At each Festival we select different judges, with harmonizing skills, always from provinces other than that of the hosting guild.
Mari’s judging philosophy is to acknowledge and encourage excellence in quilt design, workmanship and creativity through fair and knowledgeable judging.
Bultfontein. Free State
Accredited Judge 2018
Mari is an award winning quilt artist and an experienced SAQG accredited teacher and judge.
She wants to educate quilters of all skill levels with insightful and encouraging comments to encourage them to do their best and to be proud of their accomplishments.
To her judging is a task best approached with humility, never to be arrogant and superior to the task at hand, but to be professional and consistent. When judging she is impartial, open-minded, making hard choices and standing by them.
She is committed to maintaining the public interest in quilt making; to help keep up the high standards; to educate and to encourage quilters of all skill levels.
Mari has judged regional competitions and assisted at national festivals since 2011 and in 2018 became an accredited SAQG Judge.
Participating in the two-year judges’ accreditation course was a challenging experience: to become trained in all forms of design elements, to recognize the technical skills which set one quilt apart from another and to appreciate the visual impact of a piece of work.
Cape Town, Western Province
Accredited Judge 2011
Sheila has had an interest in and involvement with quilting since her first experience of a national quilt festival in Durban in 1990, and has participated in most of the festival competitions since then, finally acquiring Master Quilter status in 2017.
She has been a member of the Good Hope Quilters’ Guild for almost twenty years and has served a term as president.
Her personal preferred method of working is in a freestyle format, incorporating many different types of fabrics and techniques. She works from photographs she has taken herself, and develops ideas through a process of sketching, enlarging portions of an image on the photocopier, experimenting with paper collage and finally working (and deviating from) a drawn plan.
She qualified in 2011 and has subsequently judged national competitions in Bulawayo and Bloemfontein.
Annette treats every quilt that lies in front of her with the highest respect, as both the quilt and it’s creator deserve.
Avontuur, Eastern Cape
Accredited Judge 2011
Annette has been passionate about the art of quilt making since seeing the quilts made by her mother who took classes with Kaffie Pretorius in the early 1980’s. She had finally found a handcraft which she wanted to do!
She loves traditional hand quilted work and believes in honouring the work of previous generations of quilters. She stands in awe of freestyle work, appreciating the creativity within an individual that goes into creating such work.
Through many difficult times in her life, she has found comfort in the rhythm of needle pulling thread.
Annette has been a member of the Outeniqua Quilters’s Guild since its conception in 1986. Her quilts have been selected for SAQG Travelling Exhibitions.
Annette became an accredited SAQG Quilt Judge in 2011. She has judged at local and regional quilt shows and assisted at national festivals in Stellenbosch, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.
Her visits to the European Patchwork Meeting in France and the Houston International festival made lasting impressions.
She treats every quilt that lies in front of her with the highest respect, as both the quilt and it’s creator deserve.